A dazzling performance from Lang Lang opened the fourth season at Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center, on October 3rd. Joan Weill and Alice Chiang co-chaired the Season Opening Gala event that also included a cocktail reception at Prelude Restaurant and dinner in an elaborate tent.
Lang Lang chose Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Opus 37a, a set of twelve short character pieces, for the recital performance. Selections from Bach and Chopin followed. Each piece ended with a standing ovation.
In a nod to guest of honor Lang Lang’s Chinese heritage, event designer Thierry Chantrel of La Follia, and lighting designer The Lux, created an Asian contemporary theme in the gala tent. Trevor Kunk, the James Beard Award-winning executive chef of PRESS Napa Valley, along with Elaine Bell Catering, prepared the gala dinner.
Scenes from the Weill Hall Season Opening Gala 2015:
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
— Related: Opening Night at Weill Hall in Sonoma (2012)